Mounds Lake opponents want governor to stop the project

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - An old industrial landfill beneath the proposed site of the $400 million Mounds Lake has opponents now wanting Gov. Mike Pence to stop the project.

Heart of the River members returned to Muncie Wednesday to talk with a local invasive plant species group to talk about destroying homes, businesses, protected wetlands and endangering anicent native burial grounds was a bad idea.

Kevin Tungesvick, a botanist, offered different view from supporters to the impact 15 billions of water would have to plants, animals, people, homes and businesses in Anderson, Chesterfield, and Daleville.

Just building a dam to create the reservior would create large algae growth and drown hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses.

Besides that, an old industrial landfill under the shopping center could stop the entire project, given possible contamination from the unregulated dumping site.

And protected wetlands along with a unique fen wetland would be destroyed and anicent native burial grounds could be endangered by the lake and water eroison from it.

Tungesvick illustrated a list of native plants and flowers besides old growth oak, tulip and sycamore trees lost by the lake.

About a third of Mounds Park would be lost by the current contour of the lake. and a new cam ground or road would be nessary according to the current plan.

Recrreation facilities in Chesterfield and Daleville including softball fields, canoe launches and playgrounds would be lost besides a massive infrastructure and utility rebuild around Scatterfield Road.

Lauren McCabe, one of the oppoents offered memories of the park and river when she was young and asked for support to write letters to the governor to stop the project, 

"The little girl in me hopes this will never happen," she said.

Tungesvick, who grew up nea the river, challenged conclusions in the initial studies that found "no fatal flaws" with the plan.

He predicted permitting by the government, given protected wetlands, a native burial ground and an unregulated industrial landfill, would be difficult to do.

And putting a third of Mounds Park underwater would forever change the natural beauty of the river and its wildlife and plants.

The group intends to have a paddle protest on May 31 similar to the canoe run last year.

"This is our recreational cooridor," said Tungesvick who hikes, bikes and walks through along the park.

Look for more meetings this spring by lake supporters to share preliminary findings from the latest stidy.





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